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Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) so, if you're thinking of having sex, it's important that you know what Chlamydia is, how you get it and what to do if you've got it...
It's the big one: The most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).
You pick it up through vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Boys: Pain on peeing, discharge from the penis, pain in the testicles
Girls: Tummy ache, bleeding after sex or between periods, pain on peeing, needing to pee more often, excess vaginal discharge
Up to 80% of girls and 50% of boys with Chlamydia get no symptoms whatsoever. The bugs lurk inside us. But we are none the wiser.
Whether it causes symptoms or not, Chlamydia can damage our insides. This may cause infertility (inability to have babies).
Nappies and bottles may not be high on your To Do List now. But a scarred-up womb isn't going to carry on the family name in future.
Always use a condom. Every time. It's a no brainer.
Take the test - visit your GP, Young People's or Sexual Health clinic.
You can buy a Chlamydia test from Boots the Chemist. Some stores even offer free testing to 16-24 year olds.
Chlamydia testing has changed. Wherever you take the test, it is often possible to "Self Screen?. This means testing yourself, in private. No intimate examinations or personal questions necessary.
If you're positive, take a short course of antibiotics. Job Done.
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